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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997016004
Description
Ether inhaler, which consists of a hollow covered round metal container with four rubber feet on the bottom; the top of the inhaler has a central movable dial which administers 2-20% volume ether; there is a scale printed at the top back with a close button at the left side; the right side of the i…
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Accession Number
997016004
Collection
Desmond Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- inhaler
Description
Ether inhaler, which consists of a hollow covered round metal container with four rubber feet on the bottom; the top of the inhaler has a central movable dial which administers 2-20% volume ether; there is a scale printed at the top back with a close button at the left side; the right side of the inhaler has a round intake area and the left side has an outgoing nozzle; the front of the inhaler has a glass and metal ether level indicator at the left, a plunger in the centre and another glass and metal indicator at the right; the bottom of the inhaler has a round threaded water drain plug on a metal chain.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Dr. John Wilbur Desmond.
Maker
Longworth Scientific Inst. Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Abingdon
Site Made (State)
Berkshire
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
metal: silver; grey
paint: light grey
rubber: black
glass: clear
Inscriptions
The top dial reads, "CLOSE FOR // TRANSIT // ETHER // VOL %" and is labelled in increments from 2 to 20%; the top of the dial reads, "E.M.O. // ETHER // INHALER"; the level indicator is labelled, "F // ETHER // LEVEL // E" and the plunger is labelled, "ETHER"; the back of the inhaler has a manufacturer's label which reads, "E.M.O. // ETHER INHALER // SERIAL No ["o" underlined and superscr.] 7570 // LONGWORTH SCIENTIFIC INST. Co. LTD // ABINGDON, BERKS. // MADE IN ENGLAND"; the plug at the bottom is stamped, "H2O ["2" subscr.]"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-E2-3
Dimension Notes
Length: 18.7 cm. x Diam. : 23.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
The inhaler arrived very dirty and dusty; the inhaler has minor paint chipping and wear; there is no corrosion visible; #2 no new damage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Ward's Anaesthetic Equipment" by Andrew Davey, John T.B. Moyle and Crispian S. Ward, 1992, p. 93 (see attached photocopy); "Understanding Anaesthesia Equipment - Construction, Care and Complications" by Jerry A. Dorsch, M.D. and Susan E. Dorsch, M.D., 1975, pp. 107-110
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery, Anaesthesia exhibit - Oct. 2, 1997-Oct. 24, 2001
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tonsillectomy instruments

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Dates
1950
circa 1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
Accession Number
1987.5.1 a-t
Description
A set of instruments used for tonsillectomy, including a roll of piano wire from which the donor made his own snares; stored in a fabric drawstring pouch (t); contents are: (a-c) adenoid curettes; (d,e) adenotomes; (f) mouth gag; (g) tongue depressor; (h,i) vulsellum forceps; (j) tonsil snare; (k) …
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Accession Number
1987.5.1 a-t
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Otolaryngology
MeSH Heading
Tonsillectomy -- instrumentation
Adenoidectomy -- instrumentation
MM= Cutting Tool -- tome -- adenotome
MM= Cutting Tool -- tome -- tonsillotome
Description
A set of instruments used for tonsillectomy, including a roll of piano wire from which the donor made his own snares; stored in a fabric drawstring pouch (t); contents are: (a-c) adenoid curettes; (d,e) adenotomes; (f) mouth gag; (g) tongue depressor; (h,i) vulsellum forceps; (j) tonsil snare; (k) replacement for (j) in a glass tube; (l) curved knife; (m) double-ended instrument; (n) tooth-edged instrument; (o) needle holder; (p) scissors; (q) sponge forceps; (r) lengths of piano wire in a glass tube; (s) piano wire in a roll.
Number Of Parts
20
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Maurice Miller.
Site Made (City)
(d,l) Chicago;
Site Made (State)
(a,b) Pennsylvania; (d,l) Illinois;
Site Made (Country)
(a,b) USA; (c) Germany; (d) USA; (h,i) Germany; (l) USA
Dates
1950
circa 1950
Material
metal: silver
fabric: grey
glass: clear
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E3-4
Condition Remarks
Mostly excellent; some plating wearing off some of the pieces, especially around the joints; for example, (f), (o), (p).
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
Research Facts
Dr. Miller practised in the MOH, Frontenac County; in Timmins during WW II; and in Toronto, Mt. Sinai, from 1945 on; he was known for his obstetrical practice. Dr. Miller preferred the handle and feel of his own instruments, which he used instead of those available in the hospital; dislike disposable instruments; he performed many tonsillectomies in his career; while in Timmins, he participated in the tosillectomy clinics organized by the Kiwanis, donating his time.
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